Faith vs. Reason, and the Role of Imagination in God Belief

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Faith, in the religious sense, is the belief based upon our spiritual connections with God. Faith aids, stabilizes and nourishes us spiritually allowing our knowledge of his words to grow. Since there are so many different religious faiths, one must indulge in the one that is closer to home. Christianity is the religion that is dominant in the United States. It is faith and belief that Jesus Christ is the son of God, The Father, and that He was send to earth to save the souls of sinners. REASON

Reason, is the logic upon which decisions can be made with mutual benefit or at least mutual understanding between two or more parties. Reason is what is used to neutralize volatile situations. Reason is also accepting of rational thought. If something is considered absent of reason, then one is expected to be skeptical about it’s worth. If one is convinced that something is reasonable, then it is much easier to consider it a rational proposition. IMAGINATION

One of the greatest gifts we have is the ability to imagine what could be. People have always had the ability to understand the basic things around them. People have always adapted to the situations that we have found ourselves in. There have always been ways to learn to cope with changes in life. It is the ability to imagine what could be that drives people progress. It is the ability to think of things in the abstract sense that has driven people to move ahead and create new things, methods and processes. Imagination is the sense that if I can dream it and if I can conceive it, then I can do it. It is in this thought that the limits on possibilities have been removed. Having faith is the firm belief that we serve God and follow the teachings of Jesus, our souls will exist forever in a place that theologians call heaven. Well, it is my firm belief that the teachings of The Holy Bible, the book of Christianity, are truly a divinely inspired text. The teachings of the Holy Bible are a guide for steadfast living and serving others. Now, there are things in the Bible that should not be taken literally. And there are things in the Bible that I believe were significant for the times when it was written but have to be interpreted with different meanings now. However, the basic tenets are the same and the concrete, foundational principles of the religion have not changed. If one believes that the Creator is God The Father, then one has and ease about living that gives him the confidence to do what’s right on the earth, knowing that there is a reward in the end. That is the faith that I have. It is the faith that I was raised with. It is the faith that I live by day to day. The most important aspect of Christianity is that we should live as peaceful human beings. It is the belief that revenge is for God. It is the belief that Jesus was sent to give us life lessons that would endure throughout time. People do take things from the Bible literally, but there are some serious conflicting issues with the Bible. For instance, while I believe it is true that it is better to ”turn the other cheek”, we must not forget that there are several instances in the Bible where justice had to be meted out in order to maintain order. I believe that there are things that have been misinterpreted in the Bible and that good people believing people have taken things out of context. One of these is the death penalty. First, you have the commandment that says “Thou Shall Not Kill”. However, some strong supporters of the Bible believe in the death penalty. I believe that “Thou Shall Not Kill” means thou shall not kill period. And when the argument comes up, I try to explain that killing is killing and none of it is what God wants. That even though there are individuals who commit terrible crimes against humanity, killing them should not be in the arsenal of those who mete out justice. Imprisonment should be used for those individuals who have been...
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